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NFL Great Archie Manning Talks With The Drive

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The Drive Thursday 11-1-12- Archie manning, the former NFL Quarterback and CBS Sports College Football Analyst dropped by “The Drive” to talk to the guys about the upcoming NFL and College Football games this weekend.


Of course, when you hear the name Archie Manning, Peyton is the name that immediately comes to mind, and Archie talked about his son and how this season is handling this season with his new team.

“I think they played their most complete game of the season last Sunday Night against the Saints… I’ve said all along, if their team, especially their offense, can stay healthy, I thought they’ be a better second half team.  Just because of the the new players, the new system, all the transition… I think the thing that’s been different for Peyton this year, is they got a running game… His last three or four years in Indianapolis, they really didn’t have that and that makes it hard on a quarterback.”

Moving to the Broncos’ opponent in two weeks, the Carolina Panthers, Archie surmised what might be wrong with the team.

“I know they started over last year, and any time you start with a new coach, it’s kinda rebuilding… And Cam NEwton, of  course, is a big story there.  He had this phenomenal rookie year, sometime that sophomore year can be tougher than the rookie year…  I think we, as fans and the media, when a team gets some injuries, we talk about it for a week, and then after that it (tuns into) you got bad players and bad coaches, and they’re still hurt.  And injuries are always such a big factor in pro football and it hurts the momentum… It hurts practice, and they try to play full speed, and it hurts the continuity of the team.  So it’s a tough league, but it’s not over.  You just need to heal up and get a little momentum and you can make a run.”

He then spoke directly about three of the upcoming starts of the league at the quarterback position in Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and RG III, and which might have the most promising career when it’s all said and done.

“All three are all really good athletes… And I always had a problem with (comparing quarterbacks)… Because this isn’t tennis.  It’s not a golf match between Tiger and Phil.  Because it’s football, and the quarterback is really a result of what’s around him; even the defense sometimes.  So I think at this stage, I think all three are going to be successful.”

Shifting over to College Football, Archie gave his thoughts as to why he thought the SEC was a superior conference year in and year out.

“The big difference to me is still the speed and the way they run around hit people.”

And although he won’t be in the studio to call the game, he was still gracious enough to tell us whether or no he thought LSU could upset Alabama in the prime time game of the weekend.

“I think they can. I think what LSU needs is a shot of confidence. They need to make a big play, maybe their quarterback can hit a long one. They need to keep it balnaced, but  they haven’t had much success in their passing game, and people are down on it… but they can run the ball.  And I don’t know if they can run it consistently against Alabama, I don’t think anyone can, but if anyone can get three and four yards, LSU can.”

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